Capitol Police officer William ‘Billy’ Evans has been identified as the officer killed on Friday when he was fatally struck by a suspect who rammed his car into him at a northern barrier at the US Capitol.
“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” acting chief of the Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman said in a statement. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Pittman said the suspect exited the car and lunged at the officer with a knife.
“Our officers then engaged that suspect. He did not respond to verbal commands.The suspect did start lunging toward U.S. Capitol Police officers, at which time U.S. Capitol Police officers fired upon the suspect,” Pittman said during a briefing on Friday. “The suspect has been pronounced deceased.”
Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were transported to two different hospitals, where Evans succumbed to his injuries.
The other Capitol Police officer who was also injured in the incident has not yet been publicly identified.